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    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071219/ap_on_el_pr/kucinich_brother;_ylt=AnyJ9RIgUsNqQIr2oz7NHxhh24cA Kucinich s brother found dead By M.R. KROPKO, Associated
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      Kucinich's brother found dead

      By M.R. KROPKO, Associated Press Writer Wed Dec 19,
      6:20 PM ET

      CLEVELAND - The youngest brother of Democratic
      presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich was found dead
      at his home Wednesday.

      Perry Kucinich, 52, was found face down by another
      brother, Larry, at about 9 a.m., said Powell Caesar, a
      spokesman for the Cuyahoga County Coroner's office.

      There were no signs of foul play, Caesar said. An
      autopsy was being performed Wednesday to determine the
      cause of death.

      Larry Kucinich had taken his brother shopping Tuesday
      and then took him home but couldn't get an answer when
      he tried calling him Wednesday, Caesar said.

      Dennis Kucinich took a flight from Washington to
      Cleveland after learning of the death and was not
      immediately available for comment, said his office
      press secretary, Natalie Laber.

      "He was very close to Perry and he's taking this very
      hard," Laber said.

      Kucinich, 61, is a six-term congressman from Ohio who
      is making his second bid for his party's nomination;
      he sought the nod in 2004. He registers in low single
      digits in polls and has raised little money for what
      is considered another long-shot run. Kucinich, who is
      known for his liberal views, has attracted a devoted

      In a statement, Kucinich said his brother was a
      talented artist who had some of his works on display
      recently at a local art gallery.

      "He had extraordinary insights. Although he struggled
      with mental illness, with the help of his family and
      friends, he was able to lead a productive life,"
      Dennis Kucinich said.

      Perry Kucinich was the fifth child of Frank and
      Virginia Kucinich. The family's struggles are
      discussed in Dennis Kucinich's recently released book,
      "The Courage to Survive."

      Besides his brother Dennis, Perry Kucinich is survived
      by brothers Frank, Gary, and Larry, and by sisters
      Theresa and Beth Ann. They all live in northeast Ohio.

      A Democratic rival, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson,
      offered his condolences to Kucinich and his family.
      "Barbara and I will keep your family in our thoughts
      and prayers," Richardson said in a statement.
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